The Surface Duo Foldable, Microsoft’s first expected Android phone, is rumored to be released this summer instead of the original “Holiday 2020” window. Now that the Surface Duo has arrived at the FCC, it has taken it one step further in publishing in the United States.
A new Microsoft device arrived at the FCC today, as marked by Droid Life, and it has been officially marked as a “Microsoft phablet device”, all the signs marking it as the upcoming Surface Duo foldable. For example, the test paper explicitly calls this phablet running as “Android version 10” and the Droid Life device mentions a paragraph with “four configurations” including two screens and folding open and folding closed.
For Microsoft, they’ve hidden almost everything that could reveal the details behind the temporary FCC’s privacy, but unless a second, surprisingly foldable Android phone is found in the company’s work, we’re not looking at the official FCC list for Surface Doo. With this in mind, what can we learn about the Surface Duo from paperwork?
As you expected, the Surface Duo will support major LTE bands used in the United States, WiFi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth. We also found that the Surface Duo will use the 1930 model number which means it has clearly been going through the Bluetooth SIG approval process until last year.
Interestingly, there is some debate over whether the Surface Duo will have an NFC. The FCC list does not currently show foldable as authorized for the network bands required by the NFC, but a document describing the device’s “wireless technologies” referred directly to the NFC. Otherwise, however, until the FCC list is updated, we will assume that the Surface Duo will not be shipping with the NFC.
Otherwise, we don’t really know anything about the Surface Duo that Microsoft hasn’t already shared or leaked. As a reminder, the foldable phone will use last year’s Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. Hopefully its arrival at the FCC is a good sign of the release of the Surface Duo in the near future.
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